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4 more alleged outlaw cycle gang members charged

4 more alleged outlaw cycle gang members charged

June 24th, 2012 by JIM SALTER, Associated Press in News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four more alleged members of a nationwide outlaw biker gang are facing charges accusing them of crimes including robbery, kidnapping and murder, federal prosecutors said Friday.

The U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis announced a superseding grand jury indictment naming the four additional men. Eighteen others were indicted in June 2011.

The case involving the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang began after gang-related crimes in St. Louis in 2009. Eleven of the original defendants have pleaded guilty. Trial is scheduled for October in St. Louis for seven people from the original indictment.

Prosecutors described the gang, based in Philadelphia with branches throughout the U.S., as well organized and extremely violent. Authorities say the gang distributed crack cocaine and heroin and committed robberies to raise money. They also blame the gang in at least three murder cases.

The new suspects include:

-Jerry "Angel" Peteet, 49, of Gary, Ind., charged with shooting a rival gang member in Indiana in May 2009, among other crimes.

-Anthony "Pharaoh" Owens, 23, of Chicago, charged with two counts of accessory to murder and tampering with evidence.

-Curtis "Tomahawk" Cole, 33, of Camden, N.J., charged in a January 2011 robbery and killing in Chicago.

-Trevor "Cyclopse" Seymour, 42, of Chicago, charged with conspiring with other gang members to commit murder in 2009, and with kidnapping a member of another biker gang in January 2010.

The four men do not yet have attorneys.

In 2009, members allegedly shot and killed a member of the rival Sin City Titans gang in St. Louis. The shooting came weeks after a meeting in which members were told that the Mother Chapter had declared "open season" on the Sin City Titans, according to the original indictment.

In January 2011, a member the Wheels of Soul allegedly shot and killed a person in Chicago during an altercation with the rival Street Soldiers gang. And in March 2011, a member is accused of shooting three victims in the back as they fled from a party in Marion, Ohio, killing one and seriously wounding another.